Bangladesh Arrests 3 in Pallabi Police Blast

  • The families of the two have complained that they were arrested two days before the bomb blast at the police station.
  • The militant group Islamic State, or ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the bombing of Pallabi police station.
  • However, this claim has been denied by the police and the government of Bangladesh.

Detective police have remanded three people arrested in connection with a bomb blast at Dhaka’s Pallabi police station for questioning. The court on Thursday granted 14 days remand to each of them. However, the question has arisen as to when exactly these accused were arrested.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS), officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic language acronym Daesh is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.

The families of the two have complained that they were arrested two days before the bomb blast at the police station. Detective police have said they will investigate the allegations. Shahidul Islam, Rafiqul Islam, and Mohammad Musharraf have been remanded in custody by the detectives in connection with the bomb blast at Pallabi police station.

The militant group Islamic State, or ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the bombing of Pallabi police station. Police denied the ISIS claim, saying they had not found militant involvement in the Pallabi police incident.

Police said two pistols and a measuring device, including ammunition, were recovered during their arrest on Wednesday morning and taken to the police station, where a bomb hidden by the detainees exploded.

However, in the remand hearing in the court on Thursday, the main statement of the lawyer of the arrested was that even though the accused were arrested two days before the bomb blast at the police station, the provision of appearing in the court within 24 hours was not complied with.

Among those arrested was Shahidul Islam, a resident of the Kalshi area in Mirpur, who was the driver of a privately-owned passenger bus. His wife, Jasmine Akhtar, said her husband was taken away in a white robe on the afternoon of July 26. They made a GD at the police station highlighting the incident. But they were surprised to see them blamed for the bombing.

“My husband was picked up from a shop in the area at 3:52 pm on the 28th. People in the area said they were DB policemen. Then we went to the DB office.” She added:

“On July 26, we went to the RAB-4 office. There they wrote a complaint and gave us a document. I mean, there was no news for three days. Suddenly I saw a picture of my husband on TV on Wednesday. Everyone was crying. I saw that. . . He was involved in a bomb blast at Pallabi police station.”

Akhtar went on, “speaking of which, when DB was taken away, the bombing happened to them – how did he do it?”

Nurul Huda, a former IG of the police, said that according to the criminal procedure, a person has to appear in court within 24 hours of his arrest. Failure to do so is a violation of the law.

However, Commissioner of Detective Police or DB Police Abdul Baten said they would look into whether he had been arrested earlier. “We have no knowledge of such incidents. We did not arrest anyone on the 26th. We arrested three people, including four bombs in a weighing machine, on Wednesday morning the 29th. What is being said now, we cannot say without investigation.”

A few days ago, a letter was sent to all the police units from the police headquarters warning of the threat of militant attacks ahead of Eid and August. In that context, the bomb blast at Pallabi police station has also sparked discussions on the demands of the militant group Islamic State. The Islamic State claimed that they carried out the attack on Pallabi police station and after August 2019, they now carried out the attack in Bangladesh.

Pallabi Thana is a thana of Dhaka District in the Division of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Pallabi has a population of 364,000.

However, this claim has been denied by the police and the government of Bangladesh. DB police official Abdul Baten said there was no militant involved in the bomb blast at Pallabi police station.

“It doesn’t matter who claimed what. Now we investigate on the basis of our information and intelligence. Those who have been caught are identified as terrorists in the area. So do they carry out such militant organizations with the identified terrorists? No militants were involved. Our investigation did not find any such thing.”

He added, “it’s a matter of some local issues and criminal activity. This is what we discovered in the investigation.”

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has been making similar statements for two days. Many analysts say that although there is still no evidence of militant involvement, the investigation should look into the matter.

Former police IG Nurul Huda said, “I don’t see any motive behind the denial of the police. But the militant problem is not completely gone. It is true. At the same time, the militants do not have the strength to carry out an attack now.”

Five people, including four policemen, were injured in a bomb blast at Pallabi police station on Wednesday.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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